Ink and headlines splashed Wendy Howard’s verdict across pages and screens after jurors acquitted her of first- and second-degree murder, but stuck on voluntary manslaughter.
After a hung jury, the Kern County District Attorney’s Office was able to retry Howard for voluntary manslaughter, and a Friday hearing was held to determine Howard’s fate. Howard testified during a 10-day trial that she shot her ex-partner, Kelly Pitts, in self-defense after he sexually and physically abused her and her children. Prosecutors said she was seeking revenge and committing “vigilante justice” when she killed him.
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